Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Astros acquire four international free agents

The Astros have signed four international free agents on this, the first day of the signing period. Those four players are:

16-year old Dominican SS/OF Osvaldo Duarte

SS/C Jonathan Matute

Matute, from Venezuela, is 16 years old, 5'11" and 180 pounds. Baseball America says he has quick hands and gap power. The Astros signed him for $245,000

16-year old SS Joan Mauricio

Oz Ocampo said that Mauricio was "one of the top 10 players in this year’s class – a true shortstop with projection and offensive upside." He's 6'1" and 140 pounds, so someone get that kid a glass of milk. BA says:
Once he gets bigger and stronger, he has a chance to take a step forward and see his tools improve.

The Astros signed Mauricio for $600,000.

16-year old lefty CF Nestor Tejada

Tejada trained at Carlos Guillen's academy and has "above average" speed. While Oz Ocampo says that his strength is in the batter's box. 


What The Heck said...

Oz just tweeted out that Mauricio is 160 instead of 140.

JKA said...

These guys are so so so so far away....but it would be fun to see one of them actually fulfill his projections and become a major league player. It's been a while....